The Other Eight Official Release

The day has finally come. After sitting on a shelf for most of the last year and a half, my first foray into superhero literature is ready for the light of day. As always it is available from as many sites as I can manage, so take your pick!

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(And more coming soon!)

For those of you who haven’t followed its development, The Other Eight started as a silly little game my friends and family would play. We would try to come up with the most useless superpowers possible. Then, back in 2012, I decided it might be fun to give NaNoWriMo a try. I knew I needed something disposable, just in case I failed or produced something that wasn’t worth reading. I dug through the cesspool of notes that I’ve accumulated over the years and turned up the hero list. It seemed like likely fodder. The Other Eight is the result.

What’s it about? Well, imagine if the armed forces, realizing that even the most pointless of super powers could have some value, decided to secretly recruit the best metahumans available. Now imagine that on day one of the recruitment drive, word of the hero search leaked to the press. Suddenly thousands of would-be heroes—underpowered but desperate for a chance to fight crime—comes knocking on Uncle Sam’s door. The Other Eight is about sixteen of these heroes vying for just eight spots on a final military roster. If it sounds like The Avengers meets American Idol, you’re pretty close.

It is by far my most comedic book, and it taught me quite a few things. For one, I have no idea what genre a superhero book is. I decided to skirt the issue entirely and list it as comedy and satire. Even back when I wasn’t sure if I was going to be releasing the book, I knew this had some real potential for great artwork, so I reached out to some of my favorite fan and professional artists and offered up early copies and info in exchange for character art. I’m a big fan of the result.
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As a matter of fact, the art I got was so influential, I decided to include a Special Thanks section to the book to honor those who influenced the final design. Thanks again, Adam and Lily, for your excellent concept and design work!

For those of you who give it a try, I hope you like the story. For the rest of you, stay tuned for my next book announcement, which should be the release date and details of my steampunk novel, Free-Wrench.

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE: Check it out! Release Day Review!

4 Comments

  1. Well well my first post I guess I can finally say this phrase “long time reader first time poster”. I was fortunate to purchase this book on the first and I completed it at 6pm today (took a break from lectures for a day since I didn’t want to be distracted by wanting to finish this story). Would have finished it earlier but I felt like watching a season of Eureka first. Anyways. Your ability to create a real, livable realm that doesn’t feel ludicrous is a definite talent of yours that I have enjoyed since book of deacon (I’ve read every other project you’ve done although I haven’t finished Lian’s story yet). Your character development is impressive and you generate truly lovable characters and terrifying vilians. Your attempt to transfer these skills to comedy was in my mind perfection. I am holding on to the slim hope that this story line will be something you continue to develop in the future. The only issues were the same that plagued your other installments and that’s piat production as a few typos were missed by your editor and due to your incredible ability to draw us in, the typos are like dropping a sledge hammer on the thin ice of reality. That aside I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the other 8 and am eagerly awaiting your steam punk entry and the weekly between entry’s they make Medical School almost bearable.

    1. Wow! Well, let me first say that I love that my fans read my stuff, then watch a season of Eureka. (I powered through most of that series in the course of a week or so. I think I’ve got a season or so left.) I’m so glad you enjoyed the story! I realized it was a bit outside of my usual genre, and I wasn’t sure it would go well. I apologize for the typos. This was my first full length test of a new editor, and I may not have properly applied all of the edits.

      I have an idea for a second story about The Other Eight, but I think the fans of my main series will come to my house with torches and pitchforks if I don’t get a move on.

      It’s cool that you’re enjoying Between, too. Another experiment I wasn’t sure about. Good luck in Med school!

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